philly file · August 15 2019

Anything you can do, I can learn too!

If you’re looking for inspiration and opportunity under one roof, the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center is a creative hub you should put on your explore list. Located in the rejuvenated Crane Arts building in Fishtown, this photographer’s playground offers guidance for those looking to strengthen skills or learn new ones in addition to highlighting extraordinary successes among its members.

You don’t take a photograph. You make it.
-Ansel Adams

As a completely untrained wannabe photographer, visiting the center on opening exhibition nights can be a little overwhelming and this past Thursday’s 2019 Member's Exhibitionevent was no different. Surrounding the buzz of excited attendees were pieces curated to showcase gorgeous subjects and a plethora of processes. Digital portraits popped with archival pigment. A collodion trio softened with stitched silk panels. Architecture vibrated with such crispness, it was as though you were standing in front of the building.

Questions began to brew while in the orbit of these stunning pieces. How do you know what subject looks great printed on aluminum? Why is this portrait amazing - is it the composition? The negative space? There was no need to wonder how I was ever going to figure that all out on my own. As I was exiting the building, the answers waited for me in the form of a brochure. Workshops and classes are just a few registration clicks away. No need to fret!

Here are my picks:

Will I see you there?

Tilt Institute • Philadelphia Photo Arts Center
1400 N. American Street #103
Philadelphia, PA 19122 US

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